MSc in Psychology

Key information

Next start date: 7 December 2017
Duration: Approx. 20 months' study + nine month dissertation
Delivery: 100% online
Structure: Eight core modules - providing an intensive grounding in the core theories and methods of contemporary psychology
Professional Development: Unlimited career support from the Global Career Advisor Network

Accreditation and quality

Accredited by: British Psychological Society (BPS)*
Reputation: The University of Liverpool’s School of Psychology has a long history that goes back to Nobel laureate Sir Charles Sherrington


Turn your interest in human behaviour into a career asset with this fully online, British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited MSc in Psychology*. Gain an in-depth understanding of what influences our behaviour and motivations as human beings, while simultaneously developing your expertise in statistical analysis to enable you to make robust evidence-based assessments.

the British Psychological Society - Accreditation

BPS Accreditation gives you the confidence that this online programme meets the curriculum standards set by the BPS. In addition, with this MSc in Psychology you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS, a pre-requisite before you can undertake further study leading to registration as a chartered psychologist in the UK.** 

BPS Membership

Join our BPS-accredited MSc in Psychology, gain free BPS membership

Enrol on this MSc programme for our 9 November 2017 start date and you can gain free membership1 of BPS, the British Psychological Society, allowing you to:

  • Access the Psychologist magazine, keeping up-to-date with latest research
  • Network with other psychology students
  • Find out about conferences, workshops and more.

Apply now to gain access to these additional benefits.

1BPS Student Membership for maximum three years. Terms and conditions apply.

A research-based approach

You’ll explore how the mind works, learning how society, personality, cognitive processes, and biological functions influence behaviour. You can expect to gain a thorough grounding in research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, and consider conceptual and historical issues in psychology.

This online master’s is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than psychology. You can use this degree as a first step towards further study in psychology**, or to acquire additional skills to apply in a variety of other fields, including human resources, marketing, and social work.

Why choose the University of Liverpool Online MSc in Psychology?

  • Gain a solid grounding in psychology with a BPS-accredited* Master’s in Psychology from a leading UK university
  • Acquire in-depth qualitative and quantitative research skills for making sound evidence-based decisions in a variety of areas
  • Gain an understanding of the practical application of psychology in different cross-cultural contexts as you share experiences with international peers in the online classroom
  • Acquire a distinctive blend of skills relevant for careers in academia or in business, studying in a collaborative online context that mirrors the contemporary business environment while developing as an independent learner able to continue towards further study at doctoral level
  • Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a fundamental step towards practising as a chartered psychologist in the UK**

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A reputation for excellence

The MSc in Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)*, one of the few online programmes to hold this accolade. BPS accreditation is an independent mark of quality defined and delivered in partnership with psychologists.

The University of Liverpool is one of the top 1% of universities worldwide*** and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-led UK universities.

The University ranks in the UK’s top 15 (out of 81 universities) for impact of case studies in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, with 80% of the University’s case studies in these areas rating as outstanding impacts in terms of their reach and significance in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). The University’s long history in Psychology goes back to Nobel laureate Sir Charles Sherrington who was Professor of Physiology from 1895 to 1913.

* Many countries have their own accrediting bodies, and degree recognition differs from country to country. If you reside outside of the United Kingdom, please review your country of residence’s requirements to confirm recognition of your programme.

** The MSc in Psychology is not a licensure programme and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counselling professional without additional education. The University of Liverpool Online Programmes does not offer programmes that lead to professional licensure. Please review the career map for further details.  Career options may require additional experience, training or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree programme.

*** As listed in the International Handbook of Universities, published by the International Association of Universities (2014).

The University of Liverpool Online Programmes does not offer programmes that lead to professional licensure. Some career options may require additional experience, training or other factors beyond successful completion of the above-mentioned online degree programmes.

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